Making Big Data Valuable Data

  By Ryan Simpson, Parallel Data Warehouse Technical Solution Professional at Microsoft Data without analytics is simply that, it's just data. In this new 'Big Data' world, the value of data lies beyond what the individual predetermined structure and content tells you, and in what you are able to infer by bringing different sources of…


Licensing Logic: Licensing SQL Server, Everything You Need to Know!

Part of the Microsoft Licensing Logic series from the Microsoft Licensing team. Just when you think Microsoft licensing is straightforward and you’ve got a pretty good grasp on it, along comes SQL Server which has historically been the exception to the licensing rules. However with SQL Server 2012 we did a great deal of simplification…


Can Big Data be used to help your customers?

    By Anthony Saxby,  Microsoft Data Platform lead in the UK.   Many commentators on big data have highlighted potential concerns around the data privacy aspects, however as we work with customers at Microsoft we’re seeing many examples of how large organisations are using big data and analytics projects to provide truly innovative new…


Free guide: SQL 2012 and System Center 2012 R2

  By Paul Keely, Microsoft MVP focusing on SQL and System Center.   In this guide I've decided to be very much more focused on SQL and its interaction with System Center and indeed Server 2012.  In the last guide I felt that a lot of people were already installing SQL for quite some time…

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Lab Ops 2–The Lee-Robinson Script

In my last post I mentioned how Marcus Robinson & had adapted PowerShell scripts by Thomas Lee to build a set of VMs to run a course in a reliable and repeatable way.  With Marcus’s permission I have put that Setup Script on SkyDrive, however he has a proper day job running his gold partnership…

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Microsoft Valuable Penguin

I sometimes think the IT industry is a bit like a load of penguins on the pack ice, each one checking the others out to see who going to brave the ocean first.  In IT it’s nervousness about when to jump onto a new technology and if there is one technology that makes IT professionals…

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SQL Server Spruce up

Landrovers, will take a lot of pounding and neglect, but when my wife drove hers to Australia she made very sure it was properly set up for 2 years on the road Similarly SQL Server is also often out in the wild far from DBA’s and inspection from maintenance tools, like System Center.  However now…

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Installing SQL Server in a Virtual World

I do get occasional feedback that SQL Server is hard to install, all those screens all those checkboxes etc. etc.  This is simply a reflection that there is so much in SQL Server aside form the database engine, however if you know what you want and you are doing this regularly then script it, if…

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Virtualizing Tier 1 SQL Server

A while back I published a couple of posts on virtualizing SQL Server, and in the light of developments in both the virtualization platform out there and SQL Server itself I feel the need to do a complete rewrite.  The traditional approach to implementing high availability (HA) in SQL Server has been to create a…

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Server 4024 part 3 - Networking

Databases are typically bound either by networking or IO and actually this can be two sides of the same coin if you are using remote storage.  So what’s new in Windows Server to improve networking both to improve access to shared storage and access to database workloads from another tier in a service or directly…

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